TLACast • Volume 31, No. 2 • June 2012


Yarn Bomb Hits MCMLS!

yarn creation

Montgomery County Memorial Library System (MCMLS) celebrated World Wide Knit In Public Day in early June. MCMLS partnered with a group called Hip to Stitch to install a “yarn bomb” (fiber art) at the Central Library. Bursts of colorful yarn were distributed throughout the library. The  art will stay on display until the end of July. (See TLA member Devery Johnson in inset with a whimsically yarn-bedecked bench.)


Diamond Level
BWI/Follett Library Resources

Platinum Level
Baker & Taylor
Bound to Stay Bound
Knovation (netTrekker)
Mackin Educational Resources

Gold Level
H-E-B Read 3
Media Source

Silver Level
Brodart Company
EBSCO Information Services
Lee & Low Books

Bronze Level
ABC-CLIO/Linworth Publishing
Escue & Associates
Perma-Bound Books
Star Book Sales

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School Librarians: I-DO-make-a-difference!

  • Want to hone your skills in an interactive and convenient (at home or at your desk) learning experience specifically created for school librarians?
  • Want to be a part of a new cadre of school library professionals who share ideas and best practices?
  • Want to receive training and knowledge that will help you market yourself to your campus and district administrators?

TASL and TLA are proud to unveil an intensive and high quality continuing educational experience for school librarians. The goals of this program are to:

  1. Promote school librarians and their role as education specialists to school leaders (principals, administrators, and superintendents)
  2. Increase the ability of school librarians to develop highly collaborative instructional programs that are TEKS related and improve collaboration between school librarians and teachers. 

Mary Long, librarian at McMillen High School (Plano ISD) and adjunct instructor at Sam Houston State University, is the project coordinator.  The program is designed in five modules, each of which will be covered in a three-week period, for a total of a 15-week CE experience. Each week, participants will receive two-hours of online training (for which CPE credit will be assigned) and up to an additional two hours per week of asynchronous discussion (i.e., posting questions, examples of work, discussions through an online wiki). The instructor will monitor asynchronous activities and will help participants interact with their peer network for best practices and learning.

Dr. Long will serve as the lead instructor for the program, and co-instructors will assist in the training. The co-instructors are: Jennifer LaBoon, Stacy Cameron, Teresa Diaz, and Renee Wood.

Program Description and Module Details 

i-DO-make-a-difference: Take charge of your professional future. Using an interactive online learning environment, enhance your skills and find out how to convert your expertise in delivering concrete curriculum-related services to marketable outcomes that will help demonstrate your influence in the educational process.

  1. i-DO-lead: Find the leader in YOU. Learn how to prepare to take your seat at the instructional and leadership table.
  2. i-DO-collaborate: Connect standards to curriculum implementation and learn to design curriculum you can use.
  3. i-DO-manage: Establish and meet the “big picture” of administering a strong school library program.
  4. i-DO-teach: Unpack the standards and identify the fit for school libraries in the classroom. Learn how to develop and promote your role as an instructional expert.
  5. i-DO-tech: Find out how to become tech savvy, convert those skills into quality instructional tools and infrastructure, and become recognized for you technical leadership.

The first module “i-DO-lead” will be open to TASL members at no cost. Participants will receive six hours of CPE credit for participating in the full “i-DO-lead” module. Modules 2 through 5 will be available to TASL members at a discounted price. Completion of each module entitles the participant to six hours of CPE credit. The cost is as follows:



Cost per



Cost per


TASL Member 20% $80 $400 15% $68 $340
TLA Member 10% $90 $450 15% $76.50 $382.50
Non- Member 0% $100 $500 15% $85 $425

The schedule is as follows:

  • Module 1: i-DO-lead, July 30 – August 17, synchronous  discussion, 7 – 9 pm: Mondays, Section 1; Tuesdays, Section 2 (if Section I is filled)
  • Module 2: i-DO-collaborate: August 27 – September 14, 7 – 9 pm: Mondays, Section 1; Tuesdays, Section 2 (if Section I is filled). Note: synchronous discussion on Sept. 3 will be moved to 5–7 pm on Tuesday, September 4.
  • Module 3: i-DO-manage: September 24 – October 12: Mondays, Section 1; Tuesdays, Section 2 (if Section I is filled).
  • Module 4: i-DO-teach: October 22 – November  9: Mondays, Section 1; Tuesdays, Section 2 (if Section I is filled).
  • Module 5: i-DO-tech: November 19 – December 14: Mondays, Section 1; Tuesdays, Section 2 (if Section I is filled).

Each module will be taught in classes of up to 25, with a maximum of two classes per module. Requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending on demand, the whole “i-DO-make-a-difference” program may be repeated in the spring. Participants who complete the whole program will receive a certificate of completion.

To register visit after July 1.

Annual Assembly

The 2012 Annual Assembly will be held in Austin, July 15 - 18, at the Hyatt Regency Town Lake. This event is an important planning conference for the Association’s officers and any members interested in volunteering for and learning about TLA’s activities over the coming years. Additionally, educational programming will be available for CPE credit (see CE at Assembly section below). Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit with exhibitors on Tuesday, July 17, 9 am – 3:30 pm.  

Registration: The Annual Assembly registration form is now available through the Members-only section of the TLA website. Even though registration is free, all attendees should complete the form online or mail it to the TLA Office as soon as possible. The Assembly schedule can be found on the Annual Assembly website.

If you would like to volunteer to serve on one of TLA’s committees or working groups, now is the time to let TLA President-Elect  Yvonne Chandler know of your interest. Go to the  TLA volunteer page and fill in the information. We thank you for your commitment to TLA and the Texas library community!


SUNDAY, July 15

Chairs Planning Session, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. All TLA committee and unit (division, round table, district, interest group) chairs are encouraged to attend an information session designed to help you articulate how your committee or unit will contribute to actualizing TLA’s new strategic plan.  Additionally, this session will provide you with resources to help you navigate smoothly through TLA’s operations.  Small group discussions with your Executive Board liaison will provide an opportunity to have all your questions answered. 

MONDAY, July 16

Hot Topic Session on TLA’s Strategic Plan, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Join TLA Strategic Plan Task Force Chair Kathy Hoffman and President Sherilyn Bird in brainstorming how TLA committees and units can help implement the strategic plan by identifying important partnerships and activities for the Association.  Everyone is invited to this session to ensure that we contribute positively to the lives of librarians and the libraries we serve.  Dessert will be provided to stimulate the creative process.

TUESDAY, July 17

All Assembly Luncheon, 12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. TLA President Sherilyn Bird invites you to join her and our guest legislator, Representative Rafael Anchìa.  Ticket price is $32 and preregistration is required for this ticketed event.

An Evening at County Line on the Hill, 7:15 - 9:15 p.m.  Join us for a no-host social outing to County Line on the Hill on Tuesday evening from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.  Located in an historic old "Speak-easy," this County Line offers an incredible 20 mile view of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Sunsets are spectacular!  Price is $42.00 per person.


Make the most of your visit to Annual Assembly by registering for one of these free classes. Association-specific training is available on TLA budget processes and unit webmastering; continuing education credit is avaiiable for all other sessions.

Sunday, July 15

  • 1 - 5 pm: Excellence in Library Management (Texas Ballroom 1)
    Ron Pollock, Subject Matter Expert at the Williamson County Institute for Excellence in Nonprofits, presents an outline for effective strategic planning based on continuous real data collection and authentic understanding of your library’s value to your patrons, community leaders, and employees.
    (4 hr TSLAC, 4 hr SBEC)
  • 5 – 6 pm: Introductuion to TLA Finances (Texas Ballroom 1)
    Chairs are invited to a training session to learn about TLA budgeting and financial policies and practices that impact units and committees. Presented by Glenda Genchur, new TLA Director of Administration.
    (non CE session)

Monday, July 16

  • 8 – 9 am – Introduction to Pinterest (Texas Ballroom 1)
    Pinterest is a photo-sharing web site but it has become so much more. Learn how Pinterest is used for marketing, creative development, and both business and personal communications. Presented by Carolyn Brewer, Executive Director, North Texas Library Partners. (1 hr TSLAC, 1 hr SBEC)
  • 9:30 – 10:50 am – Content Curation: Share Online Resources with Style (Texas Ballroom 1)
    Learn about a host of cool applications for web publishing and presentation, including Scoop.It, Storify,, Readlist, Streamified, Flipboard, LiveBinders, etc. (1.5 hr TSLAC, 1.5 hr SBEC)
  • 9:30 – 10:50 am - Introduction to Project Share (Foothills 1)
    Check out this free online environment of educational resources contributed by your colleagues around the state. Presented by Lannon Heflin, Program Manager of Instructional Technology, Education Service Center XIII. (1.5 hr TSLAC, 1.5 hr SBEC)
  • 10 am – 11:20 am – Webmaster Training for TLA Units (Texas Ballroom 2)
    TLA Webmaster Mary Ann Emerson will demonstrate how to update your unit web page. (non-CE session)
  • 11 am – 12 Noon - Introduction to DeskStats (Foothills 1)
    Learn how librarians use this application to track their reference services, get detailed statistical analyses, and make better management decisions. Presented by Gail Johnston, Associate Director of Libraries, and Sarah Northam, Interim Head of Reference, Texas A&M University Commerce Libraries. (1 hr TSLAC, 1 hr SBEC)
  • 11 am – 12 Noon – LibGuides / Subject Guides (Texas Ballroom 1)
    Offer research support, subject guides, and more through these tried-and-true online tools. (1 hr TSLAC, 1 hr SBEC)
  • 1 pm – 2:20 pm – Adobe Content Server for eBook Circulation (Texas Ballroom 1)
    Learn the benefits and pitfalls of employing Adobe Content Server to distribute eBooks and other digital content at your library. Presented by Paul Waak, Director of Resource Sharing Services, North Texas Library Partners. (1.5 TSLAC, 1.5 SBEC)
  • 1 pm – 2:20 pm - Keeping Up with 23 People (Foothills 1)
  • Inspired by the popular “23 Things” training on social media, this session introduces you to 23 influential people whom you can (and probably should) follow through social media to read their latest ideas. (1.5 hr TSLAC, 1.5 hr SBEC)
  • 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm – Librarians and Private Investigators Are Not That Different (Texas Ballroom 1)
    Carolyn Brewer, Executive Director of North Texas Library Partners, has recently obtained her Private Investigator’s license, and she returns from her studies with startling news: librarians already use several PI techniques in research & reference, and she will share more that can help you track down those fugitive facts. (1 hr TSLAC, 1 hr SBEC)
  • 2:30 pm – 3:20pm – Introduction to TLA Finances (Texas Ballroom 2)
    Officers are invited to a training session to learn about TLA budgeting and financial policies and practices that impact units and committees. Presented by Glenda Genchur, new TLA Director of Administration. (non-CE session)
  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Introduction to MovieMaker (Texas Ballroom 1)
    Use this free software to offer video training, programming, marketing, and more. (1 hr TSLAC, 1 hr SBEC)
  • 4:30 pm – 5:20 pm – Intro to Audacity and Best Practices for Audio (Texas Ballroom 1)
    Introduction to Audacity and Good Podcasting Practices (Monday, July 16, 4:30-5:20pm) – Make sure that your audio social media are top quality by adopting these tools and tricks. (1 hr TSLAC, 1 hr SBEC)
  • 4:30 pm – 5:20 pm – Webmaster Training for TLA Units – Individual Consultation (Texas Ballroom 2)
    TLA Webmaster Mary Ann Emerson will work one-on-one with you (as time and attendance allow) on how to update your unit web page. (non-CE session)

Legislative Update

The Texas library community is working hard to prepare for the 83rd Legislative Session. As most of you know, this coming session is critical for libraries. Our approach is to build programs and initiatives designed to showcase libraries can help the state achieve its goals of an educated populace, growing economic vitality, and workforce development. 

The TLA Legislative Committee approved, at conference, a platform that speaks to the vitality of libraries but that also serves to help the library community build state support over the long term. The elements of the platform (i.e., the things we ask for in the session) should not only be targeted and streamline; it should achieve the following:

  • Forms one broad vision and offers a clear and unified message for all libraries
  • Establishes a means to build immediate and future support for libraries
  • Contains a plan for digital inclusion (i.e., connectivity, infrastructure, content, and information services)
  • Focuses on workforce development, college readiness, and education
  • Addresses need to improve literacy statewide

Main Components (open to all types of libraries)

  1. E-content (i.e., digital content and digital delivery, including e-books, databases, training) for learning, college readiness, and workforce development
  2. Provide the people of Texas with enhanced programming to support  literacy, workforce development, and college readiness through collaborations among libraries

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission and TLA have been working collaboratively to address these two critical areas for libraries.  As state agencies now begin working on their budget requests for the next biennium, it is crucial for libraries of all types to galvanize supporters and to begin forging relationships with elected officials, candidates running for office, and their staff.

Advocacy CALENDAR for 2012-2013

  • June 1 (after May primaries) - After May primaries, TLA members should begin contacting legislative candidates about library needs – more funding for electronic content and funding to support local workforce and learning initiatives.
  • Summer - As much as possible, members should identify key legislators and their aides. After Annual Assembly, TLA will have a sample resolution posted on the TLA website that library supporters can take to support groups and governing bodies for adoption.  
    • Begin using Face book and Twitter to promote advocacy.
    • Be sure to sign on to Texline (TLA’s state legislative affairs email alert). Just send a message to and ask to subscribe to Texline.
  • June-July - Library supporters should begin a mentoring program to help increase involvement in advocacy. Who is active in your PTA, Friends Group, local groups? Get them to join the cause!
  • July 15-17 (Annual Assembly) – Discussion of TLA’s Platform
  • July 27-29 - PTA Conference in Austin. Librarians will be on hand to present information about library issues.
  • Last week in August - Supporters should invite legislators and candidates to an event at the library or should set up a visit with them.
  • Fall – Participate in TLA’s advocacy trainings (online and at district meetings)
  • October 15 December 15: Events/ meetings take place
  • November 15 - Make appointments with legislators. Have support groups also make visits and continue letter-writing campaign.
  • December 15 - Send follow up emails and letters to elected officials.
  • January - Set up visits for the home office.
  • January 8, 2013 – Start of the 8rd Legislative Session.
  • February 12, 2012 – Virtual Campaign: Making the Case for Libraries (see box below)
  • May 27, 2013 – End of the Regular 83rd Legislative Session.

Virtual Campaign: Making the Case for Libraries

For this event, we ask supporters to conduct a virtual campaign on that day. While some library supporters may opt to come to Austin for in-person visits, the focus on this day will be to have statewide virtual advocacy. TLA will post information on activities (training) for anyone who wants to travel to Austin to make visits with their own representatives on this day.

This session, we want to emphasize grassroots activities and have advocates make strategic visits at home districts prior and through the session. So, while an actual Legislative Day will not be held in 2013, TLA will offer many opportunities for advocacy and visiting with legislators during strategic times throughout the session.

If you would like to come to Austin on February 12 and would like to bring fellow supporters, please contact Gloria Meraz ( for more information.

Conference 2012 Recap

Over 7,000 people attended TLA’s 2012 conference in Houston this past April. With over 300 sessions, events, programs, and networking opportunities, attendees learned about the latest trends, technology, and best practices. Keynote speaker bestselling author Brad Meltzer captured the passion of the audience as he discussed his writing and the power of books and libraries.

The second general session offered a provocative view of the e-revolution and the impact of changes in the publishing industry. International library expert Stephen Abram moderated a lively discussion with ALA President Molly Raphael, Library Journal Movers and Shakers Eli Neuberger and Richard (Ric) Hasenyager, and the University of Houston’s Billy Hoya.  The group described the changing expectations of library customers, the instability of current e-formats, and the difficulty the library community faces in unifying to partner productively with the publishing industry.

Other favorite events included the School Administrators’ Conference, the annual bookcart drill team competition, and fabulous all-conference parties. This year, TLA held the first-ever official Exhibits Grand Opening and Welcome Party in the exhibit hall. With a barbeque dinner for attendees and entertainment on hand, exhibitors set up early in time to start visiting with conference goers and offer a fun and relaxed opening to conference. The President’s Party was styled as a 1920’s Speakeasy. Complete with casino style gaming and Roaring 20’s music, attendees stepped back in time, kicked up their heels, and partied!

exhibit hall HEB Read 3
TLA’s Exhibit Hall With one of the world’s largest library tradeshows, TLA offered attendees unparalleled access to the companies that supply the resources, content, and equipment to run libraries. With hundreds of companies exhibiting at TLA, the Exhibit Hall was a must stop shop for attendees! You can check out TLA’s online Buyers Guide today! Katy Manck (left) donated over 100 books to HEB’s Read 3 program, which garnered over 7,500 books from attendees and exhibitors during TLA 2012. Katy is joined by Elizabeth Stamper, H-E-B Literacy Program Manager and Karl Gunderson, SE Texas School Library Team Leader with Baker & Taylor. Katy has a blog reviewing YA lit for smaller presses and publishers.

      AWARDS presented at TLA 2012 (pdf)      

Getting ready for Conference 2013 in Fort Worth!

The TLA 2013 Program Committee seeks contributed papers for the annual conference in Fort Worth, April 24-27. The theme for the conference is Promoting Our Values; Proving Our Worth. Papers on any topic will be accepted. Share your ideas with colleagues by describing projects and/or research in a paper that can be presented in a 20-minute time period. Presenters must register for the conference.

Use the online proposal form to describe the content of the paper you would like to present at the 2013 conference. An abstract of approximately 150 words will be requested. We recommend that you prepare this in a text file from which you can cut and paste when completing the form. Deadline for submission is 12 midnight CDT, Friday, September 28, 2012. The finished paperis due for presentation at Annual Conference.

Association Announcements

Future TBA Coordinator Named

The TLA Executive Board has named Mary Jo Humphreys of Round Rock ISD as assistant Texas Bluebonnet Award coordinator for the term of April 2012 to April 2013.  Immediately following this year of internship and learning, Humphreys will be the TBA coordinator until April 2016.

TLA IT Specialist Position Open

TLA is currently taking applications for the position of information technology specialist. This professional performs complex technological and administrative work with high standards of accuracy. Work involves latitude for decision-making in carrying out all phases of the work. Extensive public contact is involved.

The position requires a customer-first focus and involves supporting users on a variety of technology platforms and software packages. It requires patience and the ability to effectively assist users with wide ranges of technical ability. Flexibility is key as this position supports internal IT infrastructure while also communicating with external vendors on a frequent basis. The position involves analyzing situations with an eye to finding cost-effective and convenient solutions for internal and external users based on research and creativity. See job requirements and duties.

Support Staff Scholarships

The Texas Library Association is pleased to announce that, in partnership with the American Library Association / Allied Professional Association and the national Library Support Staff Interests Round Table, 10 partial scholarships are available which cover 50% of the registration cost for this program. These stipends cover half of the registration fee for the program, which documents essential skill sets for individual employees among the library assistants, clerks, and other support staff at public, school, and academic libraries.

Texas had more successful applicants than any other state. Fourteen Texans received scholarships, ten from the ALA/APA and four from LSSIRT.  

  • Eulalia (LuLu) Ivarra , Staples, School library
  • Ellen Howard, Beaumont
  • Heather Thoele, Bryan, Academic library
  • Lyndsey Raney, College Station, Special library
  • Tiffney Francis, Houston, Public library
  • Ana Sanchez, Palestine, Public library
  • Sandra Martin, Midlothian, Public library
  • Harriet Ann Haynes, Rocksprings, School library
  • Britt Wisenbaker, Richardson, Public library
  • Dorcas Schroeder, Brenham, Academic library

Spirit of Texas Award

The Young Adult Round Table (YART) named Austin author Cynthia Leitich Smith as the first featured author for the TLA Spirit of Texas high school reading program.

The New York Times best-selling and award-winning author writes fiction for everyone, but she has a particular affection for young readers, from kids to twenty-somethings.   Her fiction is noted for its diversity, humor, lyricism, imaginativeness, compelling action, and mid-to-southwestern settings. The Tantalize series is gothic fantasy and currently consists of five books: Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, Diabolical, and Tantalize: Kieren's Story (a graphic novel).

DooWop Goes Dance

The Round Table formerly known as Doo Wop is now the Intergalactic Dance Club Round Table. As the name implies, TLA members from any galaxy are welcomed to join!

Library News

Anahuac’s Anime Convention

Since 2006, the Chambers County Library System in Anahuac has had a mini anime convention at the main branch. The convention was attended by an unexpected 100+ people its first year – a great feat considering the town’s population is just over 2,000.  

Teens from surrounding areas attend and look forward to the event each year now known as “Ana-Con.” The event includes activities such as a Maid Café, Rice Eating contest, Cosplay Runway, Drawing competition, Dance panel, gaming, and much more. The library staff and anime club organize and staff the event each year. Teens who have been with the Anime Club since 2006 are still a huge part of the event and continue to pass the responsibilities down to the up and coming Anime Club. The event has proven to be a great way to generate interest in the library and attract people of all ages!

Pen2Paper Writing Contest

Looking for ways to engage potential writers, teens, advocates, or seniors in your community this summer? Consider the following opportunity! This spring, the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) announced the third year of Pen 2 Paper, an annual disability-focused creative writing contest. Pen 2 Paper calls for creative written work on the topic of disability, regardless of the author's age, writing level, or disability status. The mission of the contest is to challenge all Texans to think, rethink, and express their stories, perspectives, fears, and discoveries about disability.

Entrants may submit pieces of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and graphic narrative. Creativity and unconventional expression is encouraged! Consider that examples of past entries include blog posts, haiku, romance stories, fantasy, children's fiction, and biography. There is no charge to enter. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of volunteer judges, and prizes will be awarded to the top entries in each category plus a $500 grand prize. The deadline for submissions is August 20, 2012. The contest will conclude with a series of public readings this fall in the Austin area, including a special presentation at the 9th annual Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival. Full details can be found at Contact Laura Perna at for flyers, contest resources, or questions.

Texas History Grants

Humanities Texas is pleased to request proposals for the Linden Heck Howell Texas History Grant, which supports projects that develop educational materials or resources focusing on Texas history. These resources should be pedagogically sound and grounded in strong scholarship; they may be in print or digital form. Projects that address a recognized curricular need at the primary or secondary level are especially encouraged.

A flyer describing the RFP in full is attached. For more information about previous Howell grant recipients, please visit our website.

Names in the News

  • Rebecca Bichel, an associate dean for public service at Florida State University, will become  the new dean for libraries at UT Arlington.
  • Saranne L. Gans retired last May from Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving.
  • Chris Jowaisas, TLA’s technology specialist, is moving with his family to Seattle, where he will rejoin the Gates Foundation as a program administrator.
  • McMillen High School (Plano ISD) was part of the ALA Library Design Showcase 2012 in the Super Schools and Collaborative Learning categories.
  • After serving 22 years with the city of Denton, Eva D. Poole will become the chief of staff for D.C. Public Library.
  • Lynda Taliaferro has retired as librarian at Montgomery Intermediate School.


  • Mary R. Boyvey, 91, passed away in Austin, May 12.
  • Mary Musgrave passed away on June 15.
  • Mark Sherman with Rainbow Book Company passed away March 6, 2012. 
  • Elizabeth Teasley, long time librarian in schools, died April 24 in Denton, at age 93.
  • Bettye Wingate passed this last year.
Created on Jun 27, 2012 | Last updated August 27, 2012